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IDS Bulletin Vol. 44 Nos. 1

Democracy, Liberty and Montesquieu: Constructing Accountable Order in African Conflict States

Published on 8 January 2013

Without appropriate institutional checks multiparty democracy can rekindle violent conflicts rather than help to resolve them.

The absolutism of ‘imperial presidents’ is at the root of many of Africa’s civil wars and the restoration of this institution in post‐conflict states will not help them find security for their citizens. Following Montesquieu, I argue that ‘liberty’, in the form of checks on executive power, must accompany or precede multiparty democracy in post‐conflict reconstruction.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 44.1 (2013) Democracy, Liberty and Montesquieu: Constructing Accountable Order in African Conflict States

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Leonard, D., K. (2013) Democracy, Liberty and Montesquieu: Constructing Accountable Order in African Conflict States. IDS Bulletin 44(1): 87-98

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David K. Leonard

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Institute of Development Studies
authors
Leonard, David K.
doi
10.1111/1759-5436.12009

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